Government Essay Summative

 

Government Essay Summative

 

Description: Choose one country and research its system of government and whether its government’s structure, actions and policies truly reflect the type of government they claim to be.

 

Process:

  1. Research the system of government your country states it is
  2. Research what that type of government is and what its characteristics are
  3. Research what aspects of that country’s government adhere to and don’t adhere to those characteristics
  4. Compose a 3-4 page essay in which you describe and analyze whether the country adheres to their prescribed system of government
  5. Some examples you could focus on, but are not limited to, are: electoral system, legislative system, judicial system, executive branch, freedom or control of the media, rights of women, religious freedoms, government involvement in economy

 

Requirements:

  • An introduction with a thesis statement, a body and conclusion
  • In-text citations (Noodle Tools will help with this)
  • Bibliography using Noodle Tools with a minimum of FIVE sources
  • MLA format
  • 3-4 pages- you are NOT limited to 5 paragraphs!

 

Important Dates:

April 12-13- Choose country

April 21-22- Complete outline, thesis statement and works cited on Noodle Tools- shared with your teacher

May 3-4- Rough draft of essay completed/in-class peer editing

May 8- Final Draft of essay due (Final documents will be submitted in Turnitin)

 

Hints:

Look at the official website of your country’s government if in a language you can understand. Look at how the government is described.

Then look at the description of your country’s government on Brittanica on the ISK Library Databases.

Then look at websites that critically analyze your country’s government such as:

  • CIA World Factbook: http://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/profileguide.html
  • Fund for Peace website: http://fsi.fundforpeace.org/a-z
  • Transparency International: http://www.transparency.org/country/

 

 

Knowledge:

 

Terminology:

Have you used terms relevant to the style of government of your country?

Have the terms you used reflected a complete level of understanding?

Were there times when you could have used a term, but failed to do so?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. There is little or no evidence of an attempt to use terms appropriately or at all. There was an attempt to use terms, but they were mostly used improperly and there were several missed opportunities to use terms in this project. There was a clear attempt to use terms, but they were occasionally used improperly.  There was a limited amount missed opportunities to use terms in this project. Terms were used and they were rarely used improperly.  There were almost no amount missed opportunities to use terms in this project. Terms were used to help guide the work on this project.  There was no missed opportunities to use terms in this project. The use of terms added to the academic nature of this work.  There was no missed opportunities to use terms in this project.

 

 

Demonstration of Knowledge:

Has the student collected and used enough relevant information?

Does the content meet the academic standard of this year level?

Does the information used help to present a logical and persuasive argument?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. Not enough details for your audience to fully comprehend the overall message of this project. The amount of information is not at an appropriate level.  There is a significant amount of incorrect information used in this project. The quantity of the information is at level.  There are some errors in content that occasionally take away from the overall impact of the work. There is a strong level of content used in this work.  There is no information is obviously incorrect. The level of content helps to add to the overall level of the work.  The validity of the work is a strength and helps build to a strong conclusion. The amount of information is well above level and helps to build logically and persuasively to a strong conclusion that is both rational and academic.

 

 

Critical Thinking:

 

Were there clear connections between the theoretical framework of the government system and the practical application of the country?

Is is clear that the project reflects genuine insight and evaluation?

Does the project say something valid and academic in its findings?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. There is little or no evident thought that went into connecting content.  The paper does not reach any reasonable conclusion.

 

The connections between theoretical and practical are flawed and inconclusive.  The conclusion is not academic or reflective of analysis. The connections between theoretical and practical are present. The conclusion reflects some analysis and independent thought.  The paper comes to an understandable conclusion The connections between theoretical and practical are logical and well explained. The conclusion reflects analysis, independent thought that helps to build to an academic conclusion. The connections between theoretical and practical are academic, well explained and insightful. The conclusion reflects strong analysis, advanced independent thought and builds to an academic conclusion. The connections between theoretical and practical are academic, insightful and complete. The conclusion reflects strong analysis, advanced independent thought and builds to a sophisticated academic conclusion.

 

Research:

 

Development of a Research Question

Is there a strong research question that will help guide the paper?

Does the question connect to the thesis statement?

(This will be assessed during the first check – April 21/22)

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. The question is not related, helpful will not help support the paper.  The thesis doesn’t exist or is not connected. The question doesn’t easily relate to the thesis or help to shape an acceptable paper. The question relates to the thesis and adequately helps guide an appropriate paper. The relationship between the question and thesis is clear and should help create a thoughtful submission. The question is challenging, related and strong.  It will help guide and push the content of the paper. The question is challenging, related and reflects genuine thought and analysis.  The strength of the paper will benefit greatly from the question and thesis.

 

Selection of Resources

Are the sources varied, academic and appropriate?

Are there a minimum of 5 sources?

Are in text citations used properly and to help the overall product?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. There are not enough sources.  They do not meet the academic standards. There are not 5 sources present.  They do little to demonstrate academic research. There are 5 sources. There are in text citations attempted.

The selection is adequate and appropriate.

The sources are valid, varied, academic and will help to create a strong product. In text citations are used properly and appropriately. The sources reflect significant thought in their selection.  IN text citations are used and help to guide a strong overall product. The sources are a strength that will help to guide and push the overall product. The flawless use of in text citations demonstrates a solid understanding of the topic and your research.

 

Collection and Organization of Information

Does your work meet MLA standards?

Are there flaws in your sourcing?

Is this clearly a strong understanding of a Noodletools created work cited?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. There are clear flaws in the MLA structure, and the work cited may or may not have been completed on Noodletools. More than 6 errors in MLA formatting of a Noodletools created work cited page. 5 – 6 errors in MLA formatting of a Noodletools created work cited page. 3 – 4  errors in MLA formatting of a Noodletools created work cited page. This is nearly perfect  MLA formatting of a Noodletools created work cited page. This is flawless  MLA formatting of a Noodletools created work cited page.

 

Presentation:

 

Was this clearly peer edited, as there was an attempt to create a paper free of grammatical and spelling issues?

Does the language used reflect an attempt at creating an academic paper?

Does this meet the requirement in terms of paragraph structure, expectations of topic sentences, and uses varying and appropriate language?

 

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Student has not handed in work or has not approached the standard. Student has not handed in work for assessment or has not reached the standard. Many errors in spelling or grammar or MLA formatting that DO interfere with meaning and overall impression. Many errors in spelling or grammar or MLA formatting that DO NOT  interfere with meaning and overall product. There are a few errors in spelling or grammar or MLA formatting. Essay has been edited for spelling and grammar and follows proper MLA format. There are no major errors and conversely, the language and grammatical structure add to the overall product. Essay has been edited for spelling and grammar and follows proper MLA format. There are no errors and the language and phrasing give the paper an academic and polished finish.

 

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